Haddington middleweight boxer Iain Trotter says the differences in the professional set-up to that of an amateur is like night and day.
The 23-year-old has made a successful start to life in the paid ranks with two wins from two, his first a debut fourth-round stoppage at Meadowbank against Alireza Alimohammadi in March.
Trotter returns to the Capital venue tomorrow night against Northern Ireland’s Casey Blair in search of his third win under the tutelage of manager and trainer, Billy Nelson.
“There’s a lot of adjustments that have had to be made from the amateur game,” Trotter explained. “It almost feels like a different sport to be honest. Everything needs to be worked on from footwork to how you throw a punch but it’s enjoyable and good to be learning all the time. I suppose I didn’t realise how big the change would be.
“But it’s now my job, I’m training full-time with Billy Nelson and he’s the best trainer in the country. I spoke to trainers all around Britain before making my decision but after having had a conversation with Billy, I made my mind up there and then.”
Trotter revealed he gave up on full-time employment as a qualified stonemason to pursue a career in boxing and is fully confident his decision will be vindicated.
“It was a big decision to quit my job knowing I had the luxury of that wage every week to now having to fight whenever I get the call,” he said. “But I couldn’t have wished for a better stable. Just even watching the likes of David Brophy and Stephen Simmons I can see where I want to be.
“But I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground and remember I’m still a two-fight novice. I’d like to be 6-0 by the end of the year and pushing for the Scottish title. This weekend is another learning fight for me but I’m fully prepared for whatever he brings and I’m confident I can do a job.”